You are invited to the 5th annual MAPS Photography exhibit, being held on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1 in the Sycamore Room at the Morton Arboretum. Hours are 10 am - 4 pm both days. Over 60 MAPS members will be exhibiting more than 150 framed pieces, and there will be many more matted unframed pieces to browse through in the bins. Most works are for sale, so if you are looking for some great art work for your home or for a gift, you do not want to miss this.
Cost: Admittance to the exhibit is free, but if you are not a member of the Morton Arboretum, there is a $5 entrance fee to the grounds on Saturday and Sunday. There is a complimentary Artist's Reception on Friday night from 5 - 8 pm for MAPS members and their guests. If you would like to attend, be my guest: just let them know at the gate that you are there for the reception, and you will get in for free (Friday night only).
The accompanying e-card has more information. I am pleased to be included in this exhibit, and honored to have my orangutan image "Contemplation" as one of the 4 images on the e-postcard. I will be there on Friday evening and Sunday afternoon to answer any questions about this image or any of my other works on display.
An autumn walk with the dog on an unusually balmy day for November; maybe the last such warm weather we will see for a while. Just a couple leaves left on the trees: it seemed worthy of an iPhone shot. It was only after I uploaded the image that I noticed the face. Do you see it? I think it is Old Man Winter getting ready to blow in the colder air. Just one more piece of evidence that we are hard-wired to see faces.
Meet the Grey Crowned Crane from the International Crane Foundation. This lovely female is on exhibit near the Visitor's Center, a place that she proudly occupies due to her unique circumstances. As the guide explained, she imprinted on humans instead of on her fellow Grey Crowned Cranes, and now she thinks she is a human and wants nothing to do with those other birds.
On my recent visit to the Center with fellow photographer Noriko Buckles, the Grey Crowned happily strutted her stuff, and fluffed a few feathers at the group of school children that came to visit.
Her golden crown was backlit by the sun, but the grid of the wire fence surely detracted from the ability to capture her in her full beauty. I took several photos anyway, and with a little Photoshop editing to remove the distractions of her pen, her elegance shines through.
Exploring the Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois on Monday October 26. The weekend crowds were gone, and I shared my early morning adventure with a coyote, a deer, a few other early-bird photographers, and a scattering of hardy hikers. The colors were spectacular; amazing how yellow everything was in the East Side forests; and my camera wanted to make them even yellower.
These shots are both panoramas: the vertical image from the East Side of the Arb is stitched together from 6 horizontal shots, and the horizontal image from the West Side is 6 vertical shots stitched together; both processed in Lightroom 2015 CC.
Fellow photographer friend Noriko Buckles and I were on a photoshoot in central Wisconsin, traveling from the International Crane Foundation to Pewits Nest Nature Area, when we were stopped short by a Road Closed/Under Construction situation. So we ended up on a roundabout drive through the autumn-colored rolling-hills countryside. We stopped a couple of times to take photos, and one of those stops featured a wonderfully-textured, distressed old barn and a shed. The shed was surrounded by grisly craggy trees and some old rusty farm equipment.
So here is where my artistic vision kicked in to transform the grey-sky, flat-lighted afternoon scene into something reminiscent of spooky halloween. In post-process, I darkened the exposure, added some texture, and then combined it with a full-moon image that I captured in September In Fox Point, Wisconsin on the night before the full blood moon eclipse. I added a blueish tone to the overall scene to give the it a feel of the night time, and then applied selected highlights on the grass and shed to complete the mood.
Just in time for Halloween - I hope you like it.
#composite #landscape #barn
In a sea of white tents, how does one stand out in the crowd? My answer for the 2015 season is shown at the left: a two-sided teardrop banner flag, showing two of my favorite "Delicate Beauty" images.
Hopefully the sun will shine bright, the breezes will be gentle, and the art-loving crowds will be plentiful. For my latest schedule, click below. Look for my banner at any of the Art Fairs listed - I hope to see you this summer!
Enough of the cold and snow - it is time to get out of the house for something fun!
The Bloomingdale Park District Museum's exhibit "Let There Be Light" opened today, but the best time to see the exhibit will be Friday night, January 16, 2015 from 6 - 8 pm. That is when the complimentary Artists Reception will be held - plenty of food, drink, entertainment, beaming photographers, and wonderful photographic artwork will be in abundance. Juror Richard Ainsworth will be there to hand out ribbons and talk about his selections.
The photo above is a sneak peak of me checking out the exhibit this morning; shown with entries from my light-painting photography collection, right next to some of my favorite works from photographer friend Tammy Caltagirone. Throughout the two galleries, I was delighted to see entries from many other friends as well, including Al DaValle and Jim Hojnacki; MAPS members Mary Mehl, Diana Chrisman, Tim Rex, and Cora Jacobs; and fellow fotoMuses Noriko Buckles, Anne Frantzen, Janice Henry, and Judy Kinal.
I hope to see you there, Friday night. It is close, it is warm, it will be friendly and fun. The Museum is located at 108 2nd Street, Bloomingdale, IL 60108. Click here for a map and directions.
p.s. When you are there, don't forget to check the Bin for matted/unframed works by the many of the photographers in the exhibit. There are a few of my "Delicate Beauty" pieces, including my newest "Preening Egret."